Creation Date1931 – 1955
5.080 cm. L Item (Overall)
Description"Carved Ivory Penguin. A two inch white ivory penguin with a red bill and feet. The wings and feathers are etched with black lines."
According to Ronald Senungetuk the Chisel work and style indicated this may come from Gambell or Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island.
Ivory Carving has a long history in the Arctic and Subarctic. All the utensils, tools, and weapons were made by hand from ivory and other natural materials such as horn, bone, and animal hides. These same materials were used to make decorative objects. Traditionally, these decorative objects were also miniatures so that they could be transported easily by these nomadic people.
The color of the ivory changes with age. Fossilized ivory may be several thousands of years old. Its color can range from golden to brown or even black. These rare color ivories are more precious to Eskimo carvers than new white ivory.
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